What graphic designers and therapists have in common.

If you opened this post thinking I was going to say something trite and cliche like “good design is therapy for the soul” I wouldn’t blame you. However, I’m going in a different direction…

I was recently thinking about the beginning of my journey seeking out therapy for the first real time in my life. I had tried it before but it never really stuck and, most importantly, I had never found a therapist that I clicked with. However, a few years ago I was in a season of life where things were piling up in my brain in an uncomfy way (covid pandemic, election year, starting graduate school, running a business, staring down childhood trauma etc.) and I found that I simply couldn’t think my way out of things anymore. I had tried all the coping mechanisms, all the paradigm shifts, read all the empowering books, and done all the hot yoga and my mind still felt chaotic and frazzled.

designers and therapists

I decided to give therapy a try again, and by the grace of God, I got connected with the world’s best therapist. I’ll save the sob story for another time, but I will say this: I truly don’t know how I would have made it through the next two years of grad school without him. Lucas if you’re reading this, you’re my hero ilysm.

Talking about my issues with a fully-qualified trained professional allowed my brain to relax because it took the pressure off of me having to try and figure everything out on my own.

Of course I still had to show up and do the work, but I had a specialist guiding me through the process, someone who could shine a light on the path ahead and get me to where I wanted to go. It was a huge mental relief!

This is exactly what I want for you as a business owner and client. I’m here to provide services that drastically reduce your mental load. From one business owner to another, I know you’ve got a lot going on. I see you, and you’re doing great. You’re managing a successful business and maybe a team – you don’t have the time or the creative juices left for graphic design.

designers and therapists

Ten years ago you paid an intern $50 to design a “cool” logo for you. That logo served its purpose, but now you have a successful business and you don’t have the look to match. You’ve been scraping together graphics for social media and ad campaigns and you deeply desire a website that’s beautiful, functional, and for the love of god, current.

Creating a custom brand identity or undergoing a rebrand might seem overwhelming, but hi that’s where I come in. I use an established and efficient creative process that keeps us all on track and makes the experience worry-free, effective, and yes even fun. I lead and support you every step of the way with regular check-ins and clear communication.

After working with me, you’ll have a suite of everything you need to confidently launch and maintain your brand. This includes physical deliverables, creative direction, and trainings on how to use, alter, and apply your brand assets and tools. Leveling up has never been this easy, or this pretty.

But you don’t have to take my word for it – go check out My Portfolio here and see the transformations done for other business owners.

One of my clients said,

“Working with Mariah on my company’s rebrand was the best decision I’ve made for my business. The work she delivered consistently went beyond my expectations. Her creative direction and confidence was what I needed when I was unsure of what I wanted. She is fun and professional and genuinely cares about the success of my company.”

Hana Ilg, Chart Your Cycle

If you’re ready to take that step away from trying to do it all yourself (and trust me I know it’s hard) send me a Message here and we can start chatting about giving your business the glow up it deserves.


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